Monday, February 22, 1999 Published at 15:27 GMT
Charity frees Sudanese slaves
Women and children are most at risk from being sold into slavery
The Swiss-based organisation, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, says it has bought the freedom of 300 more women and children enslaved by troops fighting with the government in the Sudanese civil war.
The organisation says they were part of a group of 600 females seized in raids by government troops and a regional militia group, the Popular Defence Forces.
The area is on the front line in the long-running war between the Muslim-dominated government of the north and the rebel south, which is mainly Christian.
1,000 freed last month
Christian Solidarity says local traders are helping to arrange the freedom of the remaining slaves.
Last month, the organisation bought the freedom of more than 1,000 females enslaved by government-sponsored forces during raids near the government-held garrison town of Wau in neighbouring Bahr- el-Ghazal province.
A spokesperson for the charity said that around $50 per person is paid, mainly in the Sudanese currency.
The Sudanese Government has asked the United Nations children's fund to look into the allegations of slavery.